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Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez on Monday's start: 'I was anxious'
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:18 am ET) Monday's game against the Cubs was no certainly picnic for Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. The young right-hander, making his fifth start of the season, surrendered seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. After the game, Martinez admitted to not being at his best from the start of the evening.

"In the beginning, I was anxious," Martinez said, speaking through a translator, per MLB.com. "Then the second, third inning, I tried to slow down a little bit and felt better. I need to be better the next time I pitch."

As it would turn out, Martinez gave up five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked to be comfortable on the mound.

"He was a little too amped up for the game," catcher Tony Cruz said. "He didn't get a couple calls [from home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck] that he thought [he should have]. But it happens. He's a young guy. He really wanted to go out there and show what he has."

Martinez will look to rebound in his next scheduled start, Saturday against the Pirates. 


Triple-A coach: Jesus Montero has 'new lease on life in baseball'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:07 am ET) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero is off to a pretty decent start this season for Triple-A Tacoma. The former top-10 prospect is batting .309 with three home runs, five doubles and 16 RBI through 23 games.

It's not only his offense that is impressing. The former catcher has also made great strides learning how to play first base.

“I mean, he’s a good first baseman now,’’ Tacoma hitting coach Cory Snyder said, per The Seattle Times. “He could play first base in the big leagues right now. It wouldn’t even bother me.”

Montero's success on the field is supported by a turnaround with his attitude. He showed up to camp this year down from 275 pounds to 230 pounds. He has also put behind him a 2013 suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and an incident last year when he threw ice cream at a scout.

“It’s kind of a new lease on life in baseball,’’ Snyder said. “He got everything in order he needed to off the field. With his life, with his family, with kind of everything."


Mariners' Morrison goes on hot streak using one of Nelson Cruz's bats
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:58 am ET) Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison extended his hit streak to six games Monday against the Angels with his third home run in four games.

Morrison credits his latest surge to using one of teammate Nelson Cruz's bats. Cruz leads the majors with 14 home runs.

"I've got a boomstick," Morrison said, per MLB.com. "I started using that when I had a four-hit game in Texas [last week]. So I thought, well, I guess I'm going to be using this bat for the rest of the year."


Report: Nats to promote pitching prospect Lopez to Class A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:54 am ET) Nationals pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez is expected to join Class A Potomac this week, a highly-ranking club official told MASNSports.com. Lopez is currently ranked the No. 49 prosepct in baseball, according to Baseball America

In 2014, Lopez tossed 83 1/3 innings between short-season Class A Auburn and low Class A Hagerstown. He went a combined 7-3 with a 1.08 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 16 starts. He is likely to make a start for Potamac sometime this week.


Report: Indians veterans Bruce Chen, Shaun Marcum up for Saturday start
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9:49 am ET) Lefty Bruce Chen and righty Shaun Marcum are the two primary candidates to be promoted by the Indians from Triple-A Columbus to replace shelved T.J. House in the rotation, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The veteran that is chosen would start Saturday against the visiting Twins. Both have an ERA of 2.00 or under at their current levels.

Chen and Marcum performed well in spring training before their placement in the minors. Marcum was brought up briefly and yielded one run in five innings to Detroit in relief on April 12.

The fifth spot is wide open. House performed terribly in that role before going down. If Chen or Marcum pitch well, the spot could be nailed down long-term.


Braves P Alex Wood on making adjustments: 'The time is now'
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:45 am ET) After the Braves' 5-2 loss to the Phillies on Monday, starter Alex Wood is definitely starting to feel some frustration. With the loss, Wood is now 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA. He had a breakout campaign in 2014, going 11-11 with a nifty 2.78 ERA in 35 games (24 starts) for the Braves.

"The time is now," Wood said, per MLB.com. "I've got to make an adjustment. It's a humbling game to say the least. It's one of those things where there's no doubt in my mind that I'm going to figure it out. It's just a matter of when. I think it will be sooner rather than later."

Wood feels his ineffectiveness is tied to not having his two best pitches working.

The sinker and changeup just haven't been there, and that's my bread and butter," Wood said. "It's one of those things where when I can get that to start clicking, with whatever adjustment we're going to make between now and Sunday, that's going to be the difference-maker. It's just frustrating. I know it's going to click. It's just a matter of having it happen. That's the frustrating part."

Wood is scheduled to take the mound on Sunday against the Nationals. He owns a 2.40 ERA in seven career starts against Washington.


Angels' Joyce admits to struggling with pressure to replace Hamilton
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:40 am ET) Angels outfielder Matt Joyce hit a much-needed solo home run off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the seventh inning of Monday's 3-2 loss. The home run helped lift Joyce's average to .148 through 24 games.

“Hopefully this will kickstart things,” Joyce said, per The Orange County Register. “You just hope to learn from it and figure out what’s going on earlier rather than later. It’s been a grind for me. It’s been a really tough year.”

Joyce admitted Monday he struggled to handle the pressure filling in for Josh Hamilton, who missed the start of the season due to a shoulder injury before being traded to Texas last week.

“I can’t sit here and say that I didn’t feel a lot of pressure or put a lot of pressure on myself to fill his shoes,” Joyce said. “I just want to be successful. You’re in a new place, a new environment. You have a lot of fans that have high expectations.

“It’s tough to go out there and relax sometimes. For us, it’s something that we have to learn to play with, to deal with.”


Report: Nationals P Giolito to be promoted to Class A this week
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(9:31 am ET) The Nationals will promote top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to Class A Potomac this week, a highly-ranking club official has confirmed, according to MASNSports.com. Giolito was drafted by the Nationals in the first round (16th overall) in 2012. In 2014, the right-hander logged 98 innings for low Class A Hagerstown, and dazzled with a 2.20 ERA and 110 strikeouts. 

Giolito is currently ranked the 7th best prospect in the game according to Baseball America, and No. 6 by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus. 

He had been working at the team's training facility in Viera, Fla. for the first month of the season, and could start as early as Wednesday for the P-Nats.


Report: Blue Jays set to recall Chris Colabello from Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:24 am ET) The Blue Jays will promote first baseman/outfielder Chris Colabello prior to Tuesday's game against the Yankees, according to Sportsnet.ca. 

The 31-year-old Colabello was International League Player of the Month in April. He is batting .337 with three doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI in 23 games for Triple-A Buffalo.


Mariners' Fernando Rodney allows homer, earns save Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:27 am ET) Mariners closer Fernando Rodney gave up a home run in the ninth inning Monday but was able to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Angels for his eighth save.

Rodney retired the first batter he faced in the ninth inning but then served up a homer to center field to bring the Angels within one. After another out, the closer put a man on base with a walk, but catcher Mike Zunino was able to throw out a pinch-runner on a steal attempt to finish the game.

Rodney owns a 5.56 ERA and 11:7 K:BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.


 
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